The BWI Archives
1892 ~ Illness
The Diocesan Inspection
- 1892 -
Mr Garrett, the Master, entered into the School Log Book for 28 August 1892 that Mrs Ives of Ruislip Village had reported to him a case of measles. In the main, from the various outbreaks recorded in the Ruislip Log Books, occurrences of measles were largely restricted to bouts of illness, with high levels of full recovery. However, measles at that time could have serious long effects and even result in death. So when it was reported it was treated seriously.
Two weeks later (15 September) Mr Garrett recorded that 'some children are suffering from measles', and after a further two weeks 'Measles are still prevalent in the parish and perhaps that accounts for some of the absentees.' However, although not recorded in the log book, the rate of infection obviously grew significantly, for the Vicar recorded in the Log Book on 26 October 'School closed in consequence of measles being very prevalent in the parish and on the advice of the local doctors.' We are left to ponder whether, as the Vicar made the entry, Mr Garrett, himself, had succumbed to illness.
Vicar gave the following comment in the November Parish Magazine:
the present sickness I can only exhort parents to be more watchful than
usual over their childrenís health, and to do all that lies in their
power to prevent the spread of illness in their homes and families.
If they will do this, then we may hope that, by Godís blessing in
their efforts, coupled with the aid that medical advice can give, the
sickness will soon pass away, so that the Schools may be reopened as soon
Vicar again made an entry in the Log Book on 21st November to the effect
that the '
The Vicar again addressed readers on the subject in his December monthly letter in the Parish Magazine. However, he did not miss an opportunity to remind parents of the effect of reduced attendance on the school finances and to 'beg them' to ensure their children returned to full time education as soon as possible!:
First uploaded: 21 April 2018